Pipeline Basics

Pipelines stretch across America delivering US consumers and workers the fuel and raw materials they need at the lowest transportation cost.

  • Pipelines deliver crude oil, refined products such as gasoline and diesel, and natural gas liquids such as ethane and propane. Over 190,000 miles of liquids pipeline delivered nearly 15 billion barrels of crude oil and petroleum products in 2013.
  • The fees interstate pipeline operators charge to use their pipelines are regulated by the federal government. Pipelines deliver the crude oil and petroleum product shipments of their customers at rates approved by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Pipelines are the primary way we get the energy we need to lead our daily lives. A network of pipelines across the nation delivers crude oil and petroleum products from production areas to refineries to your local region.